Model #MDBD820AWW MAYTAG Dishwasher

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Dishwasher not cleaning

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From the description you give you have poor circulation. The water is not being sprayed very far or with much force.

There are a few things that might cause low wash pressure.

There is a diverter valve which directs the water from the upper spray arm to the diverter sprayer in the back of the unit. When the door was open and you were checking for water circulation you didn't mention if there was any water coming out of the diverter valve. A failure of the divertor valve would cause this.

The water should go out the spray arm or out the diverter but not both.

The water level should be just beneath the element. If there is a lower level then add some water and see if the circulation improves.

The filter screens can also be partially blocked. This can be checked by removing the spray arm and getting into the sump to check and clean the filters and chopper screen.

The image below will show more information on accessing the filters.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
June 09, 2010
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Thanks! I'll try them.

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Dan -
August 29, 2011
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I worked through the diagrams as far as I could. However, they are not for my dishwasher (Maytag MDBD820AWW). So there is no diverter valve or sprayer at the back.

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Dan -
August 30, 2011
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Hello Dan. You are correct that the dishwasher described above is different than your Maytag model. I provided some tips for that problem in the thread for the question that you originally asked. Click on the link below to view that thread.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
August 31, 2011
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dishwasher does not clean

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A Dishwasher is definitely something we depend and when starts malfunctioning it can be a big inconvenience. I have attached some links below well you are waiting for an expert to reply,that give great information on way this may be happening. Hope it helps!

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Priscilla V -
August 29, 2011
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Check the spray arms for cracks or splits. Make sure that the holes in the spray arms are clear. You can clean those holes with toothpicks or bamboo skewers if necessary.

If the spray arms are okay, check the water fill level in the dishwasher. Start a cycle and then crack the door to stop the dishwasher after the filling is completed. Open the door fully and look at the water level in the bottom of the tub. It should be just below the heating element. If the water level is too low, I recommend that you manually add some hot water using a bucket or container. See if the spray and the cleaning improve after manually adding more water. If it does, then you will need to check your water supply or you may need to replace that inlet water valve assembly.

The dishwasher has a temperature boost switch according to the technical information on that model. When that switch is on, the dishwasher will heat the water during the wash cycle. If that heating element is not working, it will need to be replaced.

If the water fill level is okay and the heating element is working, then you could have a problem with the pump. I recommend that you have a service technician diagnose and repair that type of problem. Here is a link for the Sears Service website: Sears Home Services .

If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
August 31, 2011
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install dishwasher timer

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When it comes to learning how to installing parts on your Dishwasher can be a challenge to some. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I was searching in the Manage My Life website and found your owner's manual. I have attached the link below. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
June 08, 2011
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Thanks for thinking of me!

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Dan -
June 08, 2011
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First you will need to shut off the house circuit breaker for the dishwasher to disconnect electrical power. Pull the knob off of the front of the timer. You should be able to release the console from the front panel by removing screws from the inner door panel. You can then remove the cover over the timer in the console. Unplug the wire harness and replace the timer. It should be attached with 3 screws. Plug the wire harness back in and reassemble the dishwasher.

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
June 09, 2011
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Thanks for the answer

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Dan -
June 09, 2011
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